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The Judas Kiss – Richmond Theatre, London

Writer: David Hare Director: Neil Armfield Reviewer: Ian Foster [rating:2.5] Fresh from a successful run at the Hampstead Theatre and before its arrival in the West End in the New Year, this revival of David Hare’s The Judas Kiss visits Richmond Theatre for a week and packed out the halls (and overcrowded foyer) of this Victorian theatre last night. The ...

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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice – Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Writer and Director: Jim Cartwright Reviewer: Laura Stimpson [rating:3.5] Set in a working class town in the North, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice is a heart-warming fairytale about an anxious, reclusive girl, Little Voice (Jess Robinson). She rarely leaves her room, but instead listens to her dead father’s record collection at high volume, miming along to the words. ...

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Dombey and Son – The Tobacco Factory, Bristol

Book: Charles Dickens Music: Colin Sell Director: Sue Colverd Reviewer: Holly Spanner [rating:2.5] “What is money after all?” Charles Dicken’s Dombey and Son was originally published as a series of monthly parts from 1846 to 1848, which manages to fill around 600 pages of the original novel. Marking the 200th anniversary of the authors birth, Stroud based Red Dog Theatre ...

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The Hound of The Baskervilles – Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch

Writer: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Adapters: Steven Canny &John Nicholson Reviewer: Michael Gray [Rating:4.5]   It worked for The 39 Steps. It worked, in this very same house, for Travels With My Aunt. And now it's the turn of Sherlock Holmes – deerstalker, meerschaum, magnifying glass and all – as he solves the mystery of The Hound of the Baskervilles. ...

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A Taste of Honey – The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Shelagh Delaney Director: Polly Findlay Reviewer: Sheila Stratford [Rating:4] Make sure you arrive early in your seat so you can enjoy the on stage jazz trio before the play begins. The music will get you in the mood for your trip back to the late fifties to watch this compelling kitchen sink drama. 16 year old Jo has been ...

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Orpheus Descending – Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

Writer: Tennessee Williams Director: Sarah Frankcom Reviewer: Peter Jacobs [rating:4.5] Orpheus Descending was first produced on Broadway in 1957 (the year in which it is set) where it enjoyed only modest success. Not anywhere near as well-known as Tennessee Williams’ more famous works, it is an interesting choice for a revival. The play is set in a small town in ...

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Good Grief – Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Writer : Keith Waterhouse Director: Tom Littler Reviewer: Steve Turner [Rating:4] Good Grief, set in 1990, tells the story of recently widowed June Pepper (Penelope Keith) and her attempts to deal with the loss of her husband the editor of a tabloid newspaper. Arriving back at her decent sized house after the memorial service she is straight on to the ...

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Lamp Oil – The Eagle Inn, Salford

Writer: Adam Chapter /Lucia Cox Director: Adam Chapter Reviewer: Brian Gorman [Rating:4] House Of Orphans &Working Progress delivered a fiendishly clever interactive experience at the newly refurbished Eagle Inn on a suitably chilly Autumn evening in Salford. I cannot think of a better venue for this thrill-a-minute extravaganza than an old fashioned traditional Salford pub, hidden away down a pretty ...

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